Regularized analytical orbit theory with solar radiation pressure

Harishkumar Sellamuthu, Ram Krishan Sharma, Nishanth Pushparaj, Srinath Ravichandran, Syed Peer Mohamed Shah Khadri

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A new non-averaged non-singular solution is derived for describing the orbital motion around the Earth under the influence of solar radiation pressure (SRP), using Kustaanheimo-Stiefel (KS) regularization technique. Despite the increase in the dimensionality of the system, there exists a symmetry in the KS space. Just three out of the ten equations are solved completely, while only initial conditions are changed for the rest, to produce the dynamics. Performance evaluation of the theoretical solution is carried out with the KS numerical orbit propagator under the assumption of a cannon-ball SRP model for the object. Different high area-to-mass ratio objects from high altitude orbits are considered for analysing the accuracy of the solution.

Original languageEnglish
JournalProceedings of the International Astronautical Congress, IAC
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Externally publishedYes
Event71st International Astronautical Congress, IAC 2020 - Virtual, Online
Duration: Oct 12 2020Oct 14 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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